Buses head for depot at the end of trip around Portsmouth

An open-top Leyland Atlantean awaits passengers when the seafront service was extended to the ferry port, a nice surprise for visitors introduced in 1983
An open-top Leyland Atlantean awaits passengers when the seafront service was extended to the ferry port, a nice surprise for visitors introduced in 1983
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NOSTALGIA: The submarine that sank twice

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Today we conclude our circuitous drive around Portsmouth through the ages aboard corporation-only buses.

This week we take a nostalgic look at The Hard and the introduction of a new service marking the city’s growth as a ferry port.

A Leyland National poses inside The Hard Interchange during 1981 shortly before it was scrapped

A Leyland National poses inside The Hard Interchange during 1981 shortly before it was scrapped

As always, we’re in the company of photographer and bus fan John Kirby, of Stubbington Avenue, North End, Portsmouth.

Thanks for all your e-mails and letters saying how much you’ve enjoyed this series.

Another collection from John will follow later this year.

At Alexandra Park during 1981 a Leyland Panther Cub is changed over with another bus brought round from the former North End depot

At Alexandra Park during 1981 a Leyland Panther Cub is changed over with another bus brought round from the former North End depot

We complete our lingering tour of Portsmouth at Hilsea bus lanes where Leyland Panther cubs pass a line of Southdown buses which were changing crews.

We complete our lingering tour of Portsmouth at Hilsea bus lanes where Leyland Panther cubs pass a line of Southdown buses which were changing crews.